Mirtoon by ZEE: Watering With Style

Water hose for garden delights with a bright and practical design.

The water hose is probably one of the most essential exterior tools. We use it to feed plants, vegetables and flowerbeds; we clean tools, muddy boots, bikes and cars with it. And during the summer it fills up swimming pools, water guns and balloons to bring coolness and fun. Surprisingly not much attention has been paid to its design so far.

The Belgian company ZEE decided to change this. By selecting contemporary colours and going for a unicolour look, they have managed to create Mirtoon, a real designer hose.

There have been hose reels on the market for many years, but they are all mainly designed for practical purposes unlike this pretty product. Mirtoon comes in a 10 meter and 30 meter edition. The smaller version fits perfectly any terrace, patio or balcony. The large hose is ideal for gardens and all other practical uses.

Mirtoon is ready for use. Each reel includes a hose, fittings and nozzle. The hose has been provided with the necessary connectors to use it worldwide.

The Mirtoon has been honoured with the design label “Henry Van De Velde”:  “Mirtoon is a completely aesthetic redesign of the well-known garden hose with reel. It is practical and discrete and thanks to its colour scheme it allows to either blend in or stand out in its surroundings.”

Further information: zeedesign.be

Blossom: Smart Sprinkler Brings Home Automation into the Garden

Blossom is a smart watering controller with automated weather intelligence that allows users to monitor and control their yard’s watering schedule with a smart phone, tablet or computer from anywhere and at any time.

An automated irrigation system for the garden can have many advantages. Once properly installed, the home gardener does not need to occupy himself with figuring out the best times to water the garden anymore, the modern systems do all the planning themselves. Work, time and water can be saved.

Blossom is a sprinkler controller for new and already installed sprinkling systems. It has been developed by experts from brands like Skype, Vizio, Microsoft, Linksys and Cisco. Connected to the residential wi-fi, it uses online real-time weather data and calculates the best times to water flowers, trees and vegetables. For a seamless connection it uses Powerline technology to turn any electrical outlet into an internet connection making range essentially limitless.

For adjusting, controlling and monitoring the watering situation in the garden, there is the Blossom App. With this App one can assign a name, photo and specific plant type to up to twelve zones on their property. With the press of a button, the sprinklers can be turned on and off no matter where and at what time. While Blossom will automatically program a watering plan for the garden, it is possible to adjust the watering amount per zone by simply swiping on the phone or tablet.

Blossom is especially targeted towards home owners who want to conserve water and save time and money in their garden. The price is set at 199 $ and according to the manufacturers it can save up to 30 percent off of future watering bills.

Further information: myblossom.com

OYA: Plant Irrigation the Traditional Way

Growing plants takes serious time, dedication and knowledge. Unfortunately many beginners lack those things, especially when it comes to the rising trend of (urban) gardeners who want to grow their own food locally.

The inventors of the Oya and founders of GrowOya, were inspired by an ancient irrigation technique and recreated it for a modern market. According to them, clay pot irrigation is a super high-efficiency watering system for home gardeners, providing water savings up to 70% compared to common surface irrigation. Additionally, watering becomes very easy because it needs to be done only every few days and without special know how.

Clay pot irrigation is a traditional form of localized irrigation where a clay pot is buried among the plants, with the neck sticking just above the soil, and filled with water every few days. The planted clay pot (called an Oya or olla) is made of unglazed porous clay allowing the water to slowly, efficiently seep out of the pot. Plant roots instinctively grow toward the water source and connect directly with the Oya which allows them to take exactly the water they need when they need it, neither more nor less. This is a highly efficient form of watering making life easier for gardeners and much better for plants.

The Oya has been used in agriculture-focused cultures dating back thousands of years. Spanish settlers brought Oyas to the Americas during colonial time (which is the derivation of the name olla). Clay pot irrigation is described more than 2000 years ago in the Chinese Fan Sheng-chih Shu (the first agricultural extension book).

GrowOya have developed the Oya in three different sizes, 2,3 and 4 foot in diameter, depending on how large the growing area is. The product is targeted explicitly to young, urban and eco-minded people who are new to gardening in their backyards, rooftops or community gardens. The suggested retail prices are around 30$, depending on the model.

Further information: growoya.com